Job Posting: Conservator, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (NY, NY)

This position is located at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (CHSDM). The employee is responsible for the preservation treatment of fragile objects in a variety of media, with particular emphasis on wooden objects and furniture in the collection of the Product Design and Decorative Arts (PDDA).

  • Carries out preservation treatments on CHSDM collections in support of the long-term preservation and accessibility of the permanent collection.
  • Develops proposals for the preservation component of collections maintenance projects with routine to complex housing and/or storage needs.
  • Fabricates custom housings, modifies commercial housings and storage equipment, and modifies existing housings and storage equipment to address routine through the complex structural, material, and long-term preservation needs for the full range of collection objects.
  • Ensures that conservation labs and other relevant work spaces are operational for the range of preservation activities to be carried out in the project.
  • Records object conditions and preservation treatments in the museum’s collection database (TMS), documenting with photography as required and prioritizing future treatment requirements.
  • Provides technical advice on archival preservation materials and products for use in the storage environment.

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